MeatCanyon is an online animator who draws morbid cartoons often as parodies for different shows. His animations can be best summed up as surreal, horrific, and darkly humorous, making for a uniquely interesting animator who twists childhood icons into bizarrely compelling videos. He also has a soothing, yet unnerving voice that he uses to great effect in his videos.
Despite the detail-heavy (often grotesquely so) nature of his animation style, he's also unique among independent YouTube animators for his uncommonly consistent and prolific upload schedule, frequently finishing 1-2 videos a month if not more.
He has done a crowd-funded original series called Monster Lab, detailing a mad scientist and his one-eyed assistant living in suburbia. He has also collaborated with Ethereal Snake, voicing Donald Duck in Mickey's Descent Into Madness.
He also has a secondary Youtube channel called "Papa Meat", where he uploads similar animations (that's sometimes riskier than his main channel), reviews, discussions about various topics, and recently dived into live-action with "Mommy's Dinner" uploaded on December 26th, 2021.
This web animated series provides examples of:
- Adaptational Abomination: Many characters have this happen to them. Notably Thomas the Tank Engine in RAILROAD, Peppa Pig in I can count to three, and Yōkai Bob the Builder.
- Adaptational Ugliness: Because of MeatCanyon's grotesque and caricatural artsyle, everyone ends up being much grossier than in its original version, Zuko and Sasuke stand out in this regard, being Bishounens in their own series and being just as horrific as everyone else here. The particular thing is that some characters, like Kevin and Eustace, are drawn almost identical, which give a stronger contrast to the more grotesque ones.
- Adaptational Villainy:
- A lot of the heroic protagonists in his parodies are turned into full blown villains for the sake of Black Comedy, but especially Pinnochio, The Cat In The Hat, Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Willy Wonka.
- Actually averted with the toys from Toy Story in "You Got a Friend in Me." They have creepy designs, and Andy is suspicious of them, but it turns out that they only hid their sentience from Andy since they give humans cancer when they reveal they're alive. Woody even allows Andy to smash a few toys in order to save his life, only intervening and dooming Andy when he forces his hand. After Andy gets cancer, the toys are sincerely apologetic and they mourn his death.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In the sequel of Jawbreaker, Kevin begs for mercy and tries to apologize for all the times he made fun of the trio, but Eddy has already decided to kill him.
- Allegorical Character: Tony the Tiger in Breakfast on a Wednesday is a physical stand-in for addictive behavior/poor habits. When Joshua tries to eat healthier, Tony shows up and coerces him to instead eat a bowl of sugary cereal. A brief moment even shows Tony as Joshua's voice-actor in a costume, representing how Tony is really Joshua's own desire to continue his bad habits.
- Ambiguous Ending:
- Jawbreaker concludes with Kevin presumably getting killed by Ed. It is never revealed what Kevin saw in the tent... Until we got a follow-up in "Thank You A Million", where it's revealed the trio have been tying the cul-de-sac kids up and tearing their jaws off as revenge for all the abuse they've inflicted on them. That title wasn't just a candy reference.
- Whether or not Lightning McQueen rejected Thomas's offer is unclear, and the video itself ends with Thomas presumably taking Lightning and Tow Mater.
- In FOR THE SUN, the ending doesnt clarify whether the Teletubbies are killed by the sun, or something even more sinister.
- Animated Actors: "The SpongeBob Tapes" shows SpongeBob and Squidward having a surprise meeting with the CEO of Nickelodeon. The CEO tells SpongeBob to "Lose the act" because of how serious the situation is. The CEO tells the duo that they found videos online of them doing gay tentacle porn.Nick CEO: Gentlemen, thank you for coming in today. This meeting shouldn't take too long.
SpongeBob (in-character): We're happy to come in.
Nick CEO: Lose the act SpongeBob, I don't need you in character for this.
SpongeBob (out of character): Well then what's the problem?
- Art Evolution: As videos go by, the art style gets more detailed and gains more shading. Also, the animation has gotten smoother.
- Bad Santa: "STAY ASLEEP...STAY SAFE" has a kid confronted by a creepy-looking Santa Claus.
- The Humpty Dumpty video has Humpty balancing precariously on the ledge of a building as the police are Talking Down the Suicidal. Humpty comments on his ability to draw crowds...only for it to be revealed that nobody's even paying attention to him, as the camera pans down to show a man threatening to jump out of the window directly beneath Humpty.
- "CLIPPED" shows a man who appears to be talking to his dog about his reluctance towards getting the dog neutered and finding it unfair that he has to do it. At the end of the video, it turns out the man was actually addressing his son, who was sitting beside him and was initially out of frame.
- Basement-Dweller: Christopher Robin is portrayed as a completely unsympathetic version; he spends his day writing smutty fanfiction on Winnie and his friends and still lives with his mom whom he treats like utter garbage.
- Bittersweet Ending:
- The Great Reptar Adventure ends with the deaths of Chaz, Stu, and Didi, and Chuckie and Tommy being sent to foster homes. But at least the babies seem unaware of the gravitas of the situation, and the former are such abusive monsters (with Chaz outright intending to abandon Tommy and Chuckie after killing Stu) it's not really a big loss.
- In Ive Got A Golden Ticket, while the SWAT team busts Wonkas factory and rescues Charlie in time, Wonka and his Oompa Loompas still get away scott-free, and its heavily implied that Charlie will still be mentally scarred from the incident.
- Black Comedy: Oh, there's a lot. "The Great Reptar Adventure!" (which has a squabble between Stu Pickles, Didi Pickles and Chaz Finster ending with them being all shot dead while Tommy Pickles and Chuckie Finster are oblivious of what's going on), "Lasagna!" (where Jon Arbuckle's pets Garfield and Odie are actually humans he's kidnapped and forced to act as his pets because he's insane) and "I BOUGHT MY FRIEND HIS DREAM CAR!! #BLESSED" (which involves a man buying cars for his friends lashing out and devouring one of them alive when he complains about the problems buying him six Lamborghinis causes him) are probably the biggest examples.
- Body Horror: So much so, that it is commonly accepted that any character drawn in their canon design will die.
- Call-Back: Many a phrase from previous videos are uttered by their starring characters during RIP Wabbit Season.
- Cheeky Mouth: A very twisted version of this in I Can Count To Three, having the one sided faces of the Peppa Pig reveal that there is actually two faces on each side of Peppa's head.
- Contractual Purity: In-Universe in "The Spongebob Tapes" where the CEO says Spongebob and Squidward's involvement with gay tentacle porn "aren't on brand" with Nickelodeon's image.
- Creepy Good: Dream's father in "Behind Dreams Mask", despite his deranged ramblings over the deteriorating condition of his son, turns out to be a genuinely loving parent. Despite seemingly having ill-designs for the entomologist he brought in, it's also revealed that he just wanted an expert to tell him when his son would be emerging from his cocoon.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Swiper in "Swiper no Swipey" gets his back crushed by Boots, and both he and Dora tear apart his tongue and left arm, resulting in a slow and agonizing death. Also, his corpse is thrown into an acid barrel with a Synchro-Vox face on it.
- Deconstructed Trope: "I Bought My Friend His Dream Car!!#Blessed" brings up a major issue about feel good videos of people gifting their friends expensive cars: The high amounts of insurance and property taxes they would have to pay. Greg can't even sell the six cars he's been given due to them being leased under Dylan's name, and his job at Target is unable to deal with the debt he has.
- Deconstructive Parody: "Behind Dreams Mask" is one of the Dream SMP and its overwhelming popularity and perceived center of obsession by fans.
- Deranged Animation
- Disproportionate Retribution:
- How does Dylan respond to Greg not wanting the cars he gave him? Devouring him and absorbing his nutrients, of course!
- It's implied that Goku kills Chi-Chi for failing to throw a Senzu Bean in his mouth.
- What does Ms. Frizzle do when the class demands to learn about WAP? Shrink them down in the bus and trap them inside her vagina to starve to death for disobeying her curriculum. Arnold didn't even want to, either.
- The yokai Bob takes a Japanese man's wife away forever because he was going to delay fixing a small leak in the ceiling until after he had finished a single dumpling.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- King of Mukbang is deliberately about Niko Avocado losing himself in between his stage persona and his normal identity. Everything Niko touches turns to fat, including his boyfriend, and Niko is left alone and eating in front of a camera. After gaining weight from his mukbang series, Niko Avocado has become something of a cautionary tale on YouTube about what happens when you don't separate yourself from your stage persona and what will happen you chase fame without looking at what it really costs. Which makes King of Mukbang symbolic of the thoughtless pursuit of fame.
- Trapped In A Family Guy Cutaway is about letting go and learning to move on. In the episode, the viewer is trapped in the Griffin house with Peter. Who switches between showing a soft side where he tells the viewer they did have a good time together and he too should move on, and an aggressive and manipulative side where he shames the viewer for not enjoying their time together anymore. In the ending, all the Peters merge together and assimilate the viewer into their mass, symbolizing how people can be trapped in nostalgia if they don't let go or learn to accept when good times have come to an end.
- The Dog Bites Back: Pink Lovable Dog has Courage exact his revenge on Eustace for all the times he scared and bullied him.
- Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Averted in Gumballs in the Park. Bensons sexual assault of Mordecai and Rigby is portrayed completely seriously and is very much a realistic representation of workplace harassment.
- Zig-Zagged in "Wabbit Season and "Space Jam Season", where the idea of Bugs being a rapist is initially played as comical before shifting to his extreme guilt and horror over his temptations, letting Fudd go in the former and being forced into the act in the latter.
- Downer Ending: Happy endings are a rarity in MeatCanyon's work, but some especially stand out.
- Helga is arrested after accidentally killing Arnold in "Helga the Bully".
- "I Can Count To Three" ends with George getting spotted and killed by Peppa, failing to escape from her.
- "BLOO CLOO" ends with Steve stomping Blue to death in a fit of insanity-induced rage, only to come to his senses and find out that not only were none of the talking objects in his house real, but that Blue was a completely normal dog. Realizing he just killed her for absolutely no reason, Steve tearfully cradles Blue's lifeless body and can only repeatedly beg her not to leave him.
- "You Got A Friend In Me": Woody and the other toys reveal they're alive to Andy, only to tell him that they give humans cancer when they reveal their sentience, and Andy dies choking on his own blood.
- "Screams From the Golden Arches" ends with the Grimace's pups taken from it and caged before the creature is mercilessly decapitated and devoured by frenzied customers. Meanwhile, apathetic workers discuss scheduling off to the side.
- "Trapped In A Family Guy Cutaway" ends with Peter and several malformed clones of himself merging into a Blob Monster and consuming the viewer just because they don't like Family Guy anymore.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: Tommy and Chuckie have absolutely no idea domestic violence and murder are happening in the next room. All that matters is finding Tommy's Reptar doll.
- Eaten Alive: Dylan eats his own friend out of anger towards him rejecting his "generosity" and absorbs his nutrients.
- Eldritch Abomination:
- Thomas is depicted as a primordial entity who tries to make a deal with Lightning McQueen in return for his soul.
- The sun in SUNRISE counts as well, being a sun with a human babys face that takes the sacrifices of the Teletubbies.
- Humanoid Abomination: In general, but most noteworthy are:
- Ed from Ed, Edd n Eddy has the ability to melt and reform himself.
- Dylan, who possesses a large, sticky tongue and cow udders.
- Hate Sink:
- While most of MeatCanyon's videos are too reliant on extreme black comedy to really have truly hateable characters, Christopher Robin qualifies due to being a disgusting and pathetic pervert who makes grotesque vorephilia pornography and despises his mother.
- Benson is depicted as a laviscious sexual predator. Pulling aside Mordecai and Rigby, he pressures them into sucking his "gumballs" and engages in passive-aggressive manipulation tactics. After Mordecai leaves, he attempts to get on Rigby's good side by false compliments before implicitly threatening him if he tries to tell anyone else while sexually assaulting him.
- I Didn't Mean to Kill Him: Helga accidentally kills Arnold when she pushes him. When a police officer arrives to arrest her, Helga mentions her shrine as proof that she didn't intend on killing him.
- Incurable Cough of Death: In "You Got A Friend In Me", Andy contracts a suddenly advanced form of cancer from being told by Woody that his toys are alive, making him start to cough blood until he drops to the floor and eventually dies.
- It's All About Me: Dylan from "I Bought My Friend His Dream Car!!#Blessed", which is a dark Deconstruction of feel-good "surprise gift" videos. When Dylan tries to surprise Greg with a new Lamborghini, Greg complains that this is the sixth car he's received, that he's in massive debt because he can't afford the insurance for all these "gifts" with his minimum wage job, and that he can't even sell the cars since they're all leased under Dylan's name. Dylan is appalled that Greg won't accept his "generosity", never considering Greg's feelings and roaring at him that his whole identity is to be Dylan's friend. When Greg tries to leave, Dylan devours him and has his other "friends" feed off his nutrients to keep them in line.
- Karma Houdini:
- The Cat in the Hat gets away with robbing the children's house dry in cet in het.
- In I'VE GOT A GOLDEN TICKET seconds before Willy Wonka asks Charlie to give him a massage. The FBI barges into Wonka's factory and he quickly escapes before the FBI agents arrive. The Oompa Loompas also escape as the FBI are walking towards Charlie.Willy Wonka: You didn't see anything! You hear me you little shit, you didn't see a fucking thing!
One of the Oompa Loompas: We didn't know it going on here! We don't know a fucking thing!
- Karmic Rape: Bugs Bunny does this to Elmer Fudd in Wabbit Season, before Bugs' father intervenes.
- Kick the Dog:
- In the Yugi Oh parody, Yugi does this to Joey in Duel Monsters when Yugi not only refuses to help pay for Serenity's eye surgery, but also rubs it in his face.
- The Cat in the Hat plays around with the urn containing the ashes of the children's father before smashing it. He then beats the fish to death with a mallet.
- Kill and Replace: Courage slices off Eustace's face and wears it.
- Kissing Cousins: Ben and Gwen admit to having sex in EASY BEN DOWN, not that Grandpa Max is surprised.
- Light Is Not Good: "FOR THE SUN" turns the sun face baby in Teletubbies into a wrathful god demanding Teletubbie sacrifices. Its light harms the poor things, forcing them to use their trademark suits as they surface.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Steve has this reaction after he finds out Blue was a completely ordinary dog.
- Naughty Tentacles: Referenced in "The SpongeBob Tapes" after the CEO discovers SpongeBob and Squidward doing gay porn online. Squidward reacts by saying "We don't know what you're talking about" after the CEO says "The Tentacle Porn".
- No Indoor Voice: The Cat in the Hat screams almost all of his lines.
- Madness Mantra:
- The cult leader repeats For the sun throughout the video.
- Charlie only being able to respond with I dont know... in Ive Got A Golden Ticket. He even says it after being saved by SWAT troopers.
- Steve screams I hate you! while stomping on Blue.
- Parental Incest: Tom Brady and his son in "Tom Brady Wins the Super Bowl #WHOLESOME" share several kisses as a jab towards what Brady does in real-life.
- Please Wake Up: Steve begs Blue to stay with him after finding out that Blue was really his dog.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- In "Poby the talking Gorilla", a kid makes fun of the titular zoo animal while visiting its habitat. Poby then starts going into sign language, with the translator at the exhibit decoding:"I see your face, dear child. It consumes my mind. Your life is fleeting before you, don't you understand? With every day, the kiss of death (translator kisses kid) becomes closer, and closer.
(kid looks on with worry)
"Judge not me for being in this imprisonment, but judge yourself, for not having enough courage, to look at yourself, and think how TRAPPED. YOU. ARE."
- Courage gives a brief, but chilling one to Eustace in Pink Lovable Dog, right before slicing his face off.Courage: You always let [Muriel] get in trouble, and I have to clean up the mess. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
(Eustace looks on with worry)
Courage: You can't take care of her. Only, I can.
- In "Poby the talking Gorilla", a kid makes fun of the titular zoo animal while visiting its habitat. Poby then starts going into sign language, with the translator at the exhibit decoding:
- Related in the Adaptation: In The Great Reptar Adventure (a Rugrats parody), Chaz tells Stu that Tommy is actually his bastard child just before shooting him, which would make Tommy and Chuckie half-brothers.
- Serious Business: Miss Frizzle only has one rule: don't mess with her schedule.
- Surprisingly Happy Ending: "Behind the Mask" is probably the only video so far to end on a positive note. While most of the video leans into the horror vibe alongside all the other ones with the father seemingly being a deranged psycho trying to get the professor killed by examining his son, the video culminates in the father accepting the son for what he has become and allows him to roam free, complete with triumphant music.
- Take That!:
- A brilliantly blunt one towards Warner Bros. after the Wabbit Season video was claimed.Eddy: Since he was legally claimed by Warner Bros. Entertainment, it is officially canon that Bugs was a struggling rapist all along.
Courage: I'm still struggling to realize why they would want to... legally fight for that.
Zuko: I mean, legally, they did that to themselves.
Max: I bet those stupid bastards didn't even watch the video!
Anakin: To be fair, they've only been around for 97 years. They're probably still developing good business practices.
- "Make Up" is a huge one to the then-recent drama involving YouTubers focused on makeup and fashion such as Jeffree Star, Tati Westbrook, and James Charles, plus Shane Dawson reacting the whole thing while a fat woman represents cancel culture. Overall, it's among MeatCanyon's less-horrifying videos (beyond how emaciated Jeffree looks and the fat woman being very misproportioned).
- Ronald McDonald admits to his victim that he doesnt care for Logics music anymore because The Needle Drop reviews him so poorly, a clear jab at people who take online reviews too seriously.
- "I SAVED A HUMAN LIFE - CHALLENGE" is this to the repeated nagging for the real MrBeast to film himself paying hospital bills, showing why exactly he hasn't done such a video yet as of writing. Specifically, as Jimmy himself has pointed out on numerous occasions, any attempt to film such an act as a public persona (especially one built on gamifying philanthropy) without proper precautions would be a massive breach of privacy and respect for the patients involved despite his generosity.
- "Tom Brady Wins the Super Bowl #WHOLESOME" is a jab at the numerous pictures of the NFL quarterback kissing his son on the lips, depicted as a case of Amazingly Embarrassing Parents.
- "Winnie The Pooh And The Great Honey Tree" depicts Christopher Robin as an obese Basement-Dweller typing a vore fetish fic about Winnie the Pooh and friends and posting it on a website called turdaffinity, an obvious parody of the furry art website FurAffinity.
- Surprisingly enough averted with the King of Mukbang video. Due to its nature, one would except it to be a jab at infamous mukbang Youtuber Nikocado Avocado , but it instead shows Nicolas as a decent if not strictly nice guy who plays up the dramatic, over-the-top manchild persona online for internet views. His relationship with Orlin is also portrayed in a positive light as well, in contrast to real life where their relationship has been accused of being toxic.
- A brilliantly blunt one towards Warner Bros. after the Wabbit Season video was claimed.
- Title Drop: After Kevin experiences "perfection," Eddy asks Double D and Ed if they wanted a jawbreaker.
- In FOR THE SUN, the title is dropped as a Madness Mantra for the cult leader.
- Voice of the Legion: Michael Jackson suddenly shouts at an interviewer while being interrogated.Interviewer: Michael, what did you just say?
Michael Jackson: I SAID THE BOY'S SOUL IS MINE!!
- Wham Line: You have cancer, Andy.
- Wham Shot: At the end of "BLOO CLOO", it's revealed that Steve has just stomped his actual dog to death.